I was first taken to Chutney on a first date back when I was in high school, and it instantly became my go-to Indian restaurant in all of the Okanagan. Located in the heart of the busy mission district, Chutney serves a variety of authentic Indian dishes, ranging from traditional Indian breads, samosas and other appetizers, to vegetarian dishes, meat dishes, and several different curry dishes. My personal favorite menu items are the Mango Lassi and the Curried Mussels, but if you go during the lunch hour they will usually have a lunch special of some sort for around $10, and I have yet to be disappointed by any of those.
Blenz is a coffee franchise found throughout British Columbia, and when I moved to Alberta, I was devastated to learn that there was no Blenz Coffee. With 5+ locations in Kelowna and area, Blenz is not only a coffee shop, but a culture in BC. They craft all of their mochas and hot chocolates with real melted Belgian chocolate chips, and their regular coffee is amazing as well. During the summer months, try one of their blended coffee drinks called 'Chillos'. My favorite is the MatchaChillo, but if you're not a green tea fan, the Caramel CappaChillo is also phenomenal. Blenz also stocks a variety of different muffins, breads, squares, samosas and paninis. Grab a drink to stay and enjoy their complementary Wifi in every location.
Located approximately 20 minutes by car from downtown Kelowna, Carmeli's Goat Cheese Farm provides a unique experience in the middle of nowhere. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by around 100 goats making various sounds. Just sitting there watching them provides enough entertainment to justify your drive out. There is a cheese shop which provides tastings for $2.00, or complementary with the purchase of any cheese. The cheese shop also sells a few select salad dressings, marinades and jellies, as well as nearly 20 flavors of a unique Goat's Milk Gelato, which was absolutely incredible, and much easier on the digestive system than regular dairy ice cream. There is also a Goat Viewing Area that you can walk down to in order to observe these friendly little animals. Private tours of the facility can be arranged in advance.
Attached to the beautiful Manteo Resort, Smack Dab is, forgive me, Smack Dab in the middle of the resort action in the lower Mission area, as it is also within walking distance to the historic El Dorado Resort & Marina, and Playa Del Sol Resort & Cabana Restaurant. Smack Dab features an impressive menu of local beer and wine, as well as the standard cocktails (their Red Sangria is out of this world), tapas, sandwiches, international dishes and pizzas. The restaurant is beautiful, but if you're visiting on a hot summer's day, try to get a table on the waterfront patio. If you can find a spot in the main parking lot, you will notice that the signs say "Permit Required". You can get their permit for free from the hostess inside the restaurant. However, if you can't find parking in the Manteo lot, there is pay parking next door at the El Dorado Marina & Boat Launch for $0.50/hour.
The Bohemian Cafe - known by locals as "The Boh" - is a trendy breakfast and lunch cafe in downtown Kelowna. Using fresh and local ingredients whenever possible, The Boh has a menu comprised of the traditional favourites with a Bohemian Twist. I am a fan of the Eggs Benedict selection, and the local Cherry Hill Coffee that they serve is also fantastic. If you're going on a Sunday, expect to wait for around 30 minutes for a table. The Boh is also closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so plan accordingly. They have a lovely little patio in the summer months that provides a perfect opportunity for people watching down Bernard Avenue.
Mabui had been a long time favourite Japanese Restaurant back when I lived in Kekowna, but this past month I got to re-experience it, and I was reminded just how good it really is.
Centrally located, this place is casual enough for a quick lunch but nice enough for a date night. The restaurant is fairly small, but it's got a quirky charm.
The best thing you could do here is order several different menu items and share them. There are so many things to choose from, and you'll want to try them all! The rolls and the sashimi are wonderful, but try a few different appies as well. Your server will be able to tell you what the local favourites are!
O-Zeki has been my favorite Japanese restaurant in Kelowna since I was a little girl. It's probably the best value you'll find in the city, plus a cozy, friendly atmosphere and great service.
I typically always order one of their Bento Boxes, which comes with a meat entree (I usually have salmon), a selection of rolls, a salad, and some steamed rice. We also always get a pot of green tea. Something about drinking it there just makes it taste better.
The restaurant has regular tables and booths as well as a few Japanese style dining rooms that are enclosed, and in these ones, you must remove your shoes.